Trips and Itineraries for Kendrapara
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Spend this day either taking another boat safari or a walking tour of the Bhitarkanika mangroves or head out to the Pentha Beach, which is 10km from the sanctuary. Take a detour from Rajnagar on the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack route to reach the Pentha Beach. Pentha is part of the 35km long Gahirmatha Beach where Olive Ridley Turtles nest in large numbers. You can also visit the hatchery developed by the Forest Department for the conservation of these eggs.While exploring remote areas, make sure you travel responsibly and follow sustainable practices. To know more about how to reduce your negative impact on environment while travelling read: A Dummies Guide To Responsible Travel: Indian Edition.
Weekend Getaways from Kendrapara
282 Kms from Kendrapara
Kolkata, or Calcutta (also Cal), is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. There's quite possibly no Indian festival that the city doesn't celebrate with glorious hoopla. Each month sees small festive marquees popping up at every corner of the street and come October, throngs of women enwrapped in silk sarees and red bindis convene around the city, undeterred by the ever-present rains. This celebration alone is reason enough to travel to Kolkata. From the glut of vibrant attractions, the city also holds a rich vehicular heritage ranging from the big yellow taxi that floods both parts of the city (Calcutta and Howrah) divided by the reticent river Hoogly, to the hand-pulled rickshaws and rickety trams meandering the roads. Tourists will hardly ever run out of things to do in Kolkata. Starting from Kumartuli, a traditional potters’ quarter, famed for its sculpted idols of gods and demons, to the architectural spectacle, that is the Howrah Bridge, Kolkata city will engulf you with its sights, sounds and scents. Calcutta’s biggest, most prismatic wholesale flower market on Mullick Ghat, Victoria Memorial, the old Chinatown Tiretta Bazaar, the magnificent Nakhoda Masjid and Jorasankho (Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home) are few of the most picturesque places to visit in Kolkata.
3) Bhitarkanika: Rightly named, this national park derives its name from two Oriya words, ‘Bhitar’ & ‘Kanika’ which translates to interior and extraordinarily beautiful or gold resepctively. On the coast of Bay of Bengal, this marshland is divided into three main divisions, the Bhitarkanika National park, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and the Gahirmatha Marine sanctuary. The Bhitarkanika national park is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in the country and home to the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins, endangered salt-water crocodile, partially white crocodile, the Indian Python, the King Cobra and other species of flora and fauna. The national park authorities decided to set free the only Albino Crocodile into its natural habitat. The national park is also a paradise for avid bird watchers. While in the sanctuary, you can take boat rides in creeks to spot crocodiles and dolphins. The Gahirmatha Beach and a few neighbouring beaches witness a phenomenon called ‘Arribada’ every year. This is the phenomenon of mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles. These turtles nest from November to April and then the little ones find their way back into the sea by May. Make it a point to experience this marvel without disturbing the creatures on the beach. The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary has been declared as an UNESCO world heritage site due to the huge numbers of Olive Ridleys visiting the region to lay eggs. The national park is only accessible by boat. The two entry points are Khola nad Gupti. The nearest town is Chandabali from where you need to take a boat ride to go further. Nearest railhead to the national park is Bhadrak. Accomodation can be found in the nearby towns. Three noticeable stays here are at the forest rest houses at Dangamal and the secluded beaches of Habilghati and Ekkakula. These beaches are good spots for watching dolphins during early mornings and evenings. If Bhitarkanika is on your list, DO NOT forget to carry a pair of good binoculars.